Grade 1 (Year 2)

Grade 1, or Year 2, at IST is the second formal year of elementary schooling. During this year students make significant strides towards consolidating a set of increasingly sophisticated core skills with an emphasis on the development of independent and cooperative work habits, personal responsibility and an enjoyment of learning. In addition to the learning program provided in the homeroom, students in Grade 1 attend the following specialist classes:

Art: one period per week

Music: two periods per week

Physical Education: two periods of sport, one session of fitness

Chinese or Mother Tongue language: 4 periods per week

Grade 1 students have immediate access to their own mini-lab of networked computers and a set of iPads with age appropriate educational apps. They also attend information literacy classes in the computer laboratories and library. These classes are taught in collaboration with the homeroom teacher and the teacher librarian.

An Inquiry into:
Who we are
An Inquiry into:
Where we are in time and place
An inquiry into:
How we express ourselves
An inquiry into:
How the world works
An Inquiry into:
How we organize ourselves
An inquiry into:
Sharing the planet
Grade 1 The Human Body

Central Idea: Our bodies are made up of different parts which work together to keep us alive.

Lines of inquiry:
  • The various parts in the body and how they work
  • How the parts of the body work together
  • My Family History

    Central Idea: Every family is unique and has a history of its own.

    Lines of inquiry:
  • Different family groups
  • Significant events that are important to a family
  • How our personal histories are the same and different
  • Stories

    Central Idea: People tell stories for different reasons and in different ways.

    Lines of inquiry:
  • What a story is
  • Why people tell stories
  • Different ways that stories are presented
  • Making things Move

    Central Idea: There are different kinds of forces that make things move.

    Lines of inquiry:
  • What forces are (push & pull)
  • The different ways that forces make things move
  • The forces we use each day.
  • Our School Community

    Central Idea: Everyone has a role in the school community.

    Lines of inquiry:
  • The jobs/roles people have in our school community
  • The different areas of the school
  • The importance of everyone’s job in the school community
  • Mini-Beasts

    Central Idea: Minibeasts perform functions in our environment and are connected other living things.

    Lines of inquiry:
  • Identifying mini-beasts and where they live
  • The different functions of mini-beasts
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